Tips for Growing Shishkaberry
When growing Shishkaberry indoors, managing her size is crucial as she might outgrow the cultivation area. The operation also becomes less discreet and dramatic stem growth may lower the final harvest between 20-30%. But aren’t bigger plants better? Not always, because cannabis plant stretching can also be due to adverse environmental conditions.
Here’s how to properly manage your Shishkaberry’s height:
Monitor temperature. Set the thermostat to a temperature that is comfortable for your Shishkaberry. Use a timer to ensure the day temperature does not exceed the night temperature.
Maintain optimal air circulation. Fans mimic the wind that is found in an outdoor setting. Plants respond to this external stress by developing thicker and sturdier stem, potentially limiting upward growth.
Keep the lights at a sensible distance. Do not install lights too close to your Shishkaberry, as this may result in leaf burning. That said, if you position your lights too far away, your plants will seek the light and grow upward as a response. In this situation, it’s more advisable to keep lights closer and check for any signs of potential burning regularly.
Top during the vegetative stage. Cannabis plants stretch upward significantly during the vegetative period and may double or even triple in size during the flowering stage. To avoid an overgrown Shishkaberry, cut her down to approximately half of the intended final height, then begin the flowering as soon as possible. When performing this approach, ensure that there are sufficient leaves left on the plant so she may live and thrive while fruiting.
Perform low-stress training. Low-stress training or bending your Shishkaberry reduces her height and allows all parts of the plant, even the lower branches, to receive equal amounts of light. This technique uses strings and cages to create a flat canopy by pulling down branches and the top of a plant. To prevent breakage, it’s preferable to perform this operation during the vegetative phase when the plants are still flexible.
Perform Fimming. Topping and fimming are quite similar, but the latter requires going halfway down the shoot and cutting from all the way there. If this high-stress training technique is performed correctly, it keeps the plant small and even produces four or more top colas.